US iTunes users are being offered a bargain basement of film releases sold at under $5. The selection of films on offer change on a weekly basis and currently includes ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Karate Kid’, among others.
The Official Charts Company has relaxed its album chart rules, permitting labels to offer releases festooned with extra material in an attempt to boost sales in the format.
The changes, which have received approval from labels across the industry, both independent and major, will allow for a wider range of audio material and additional merchandise to be packaged within chart-qualifying special editions. The new rules, which follow several months of consultation across the business, will be introduced from Monday September 29.
The 12 albums shortlisted for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize were announced today. Chosen from among of over 240 UK artist albums the nominees were announced this morning at Covent Garden’s The Hospital Club,
Announcing the dozen tipped albums, Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, said, “This turns out to be a remarkably rich year for British music. What is most striking is the continued resilience and flexibility of the album as a way of organising music-making. It remains an unrivaled source of musical invention and imagination, a way of linking songs, exploring themes and developing sounds that is endlessly thrilling, surprising and worth celebration.”